November 4, 2014

...Health & Happiness: Setting Goals...

Happy November brave ones!  Can you believe the holiday season is already here?  Maybe it's just as I get older but I feel like every year they sneak up on me and I'm just not ready!  This weekend was great.  I got to party it up with church folk at our family fall festival.  My costume was epic, if I do say so myself.  Then Saturday I got in a great workout before spending the whole morning with my WW gals.  Delicious food, good and candid conversation... couldn't ask for more.  Then I got to see team Rappls for a late lunch and ended my day with some Anne of Green Gables and an extra hour of sleep!  Sunday I spent a lovely morning at church, then made some tasty homemade marinara, and then more church.  I've also had some time to catch up with some of my fellow new coaches today and I have to say I'm sad to see our mentorship month coming to an end.  But I'm so excited to have four awesome new friends who are as passionate about health and fitness as I am.  And I can't wait to meet a big handful of them in just a few weeks! 

Yesterday after talking with these ladies and having lunch with my small group leader, I started really thinking about goals.  Sometimes setting goals can be so daunting that we shy away from it.  I know that when I first set out on this process to better health I was so daunted by the end goal.  So daunted, that I didn't even know what the end goal really was.  I still don't!  No, really.

I'll explain.  The end goal of MY journey is to be at a healthy weight.  I don't have a particular number or pant size in mind though.  The reason for that really is because I've never been at a healthy weight.  I was a chubby kid.  I was an overweight teen and grew into an obese adult.  So for me, the idea of being at a healthy weight is completely foreign!  But even for those who were once at a healthy weight and are no longer that way, looking at the end goal can be really overwhelming.  And sometimes, looking at that end goal can even deter people from puttig forth the effort because it's just too hard.

Here are a few things that I've learned about setting goals:

1. Start small: I've talked before about tackling the daunting task of losing weight and/or creating a healthier lifestyle.  The easiest way to start out is to create small goals.  Try to put the end result out of your mind for a while.  For example, try buying a pair of jeans a size smaller or setting the goal to be able to do ten push ups or to be able to run for 15 minutes without stopping.  Each small goal is not only going to get you closer to your end goal, but it's going to fuel you motivationally!

2. Track: When I first started out, the first thing I did was create a weight loss/transformation journal.  Everytime I got a small victory (2 lb loss, new fitness milestone, new small goal accomplished) I wrote it down.  I also collect articles, photos, and advice that inspires me.  I write/glue/tape them into my notebook so that when there's a day that I'm feeling low, I can pull it out and see what I've accomplished and remind myself where I'm headed.

3. Speak Up: Tell people about your goals.  I don't know how many people I've talked to recently about my goal of getting to Onederland.  I'm only 20ish pounds away and I'm soooo close!  For me, that's a small goal at this point because of how much I've already accomplished.  But I've told close friends about it so that they can keep me accountable, check in, and celebrate with me when I finally crush it.  I will always advocate for the power of accountability.  Relationships with others that are working towards similiar goals is a huge key to accomplishing them.

So with that, here are a few small goals that I've set for myself:

*Get to Onederland by my birthday. (December 29th)
*Be able to do 10 regular push-ups by New Years.
*Select a half marathon to train for in the Spring.

Stay strong braveones!

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